22 Jul 2014

Dublin City Councillor Anthony Connaghan puts down a motion to End Water Fluoridation in Dublin

Anti-fluoride Campaigner Bids to Stop Water Fluoridation in Bedfordshire

Sample News BigA campaigner is bidding to fight plans to add fluoride to the water supply in Bedfordshire three years after the council suggested that they would work to stop any fluoridation measures.
Cynthia Bagchi said that she was confused to hear about plans to add fluoride to the water supply by the end of the year, after the council vowed to fight against fluoridation back in 2011. She questioned why the plans were approved without consulting the council, local residents or members of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Mrs Bagchi is handing over a petition with 1,500 signatures in the hope that she can convince authorities to stop the plans. Anti-fluoride campaigns believe that people should have the choice whether or not they consume fluoridated water and there are suggestions that fluoride harms health. In contrast, many public health figures and dentists support fluoridation because it helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially in deprived areas.
A spokesperson for Bedford Borough Council said that fluoride was previously added to water supplies in the area for more than 40 years and this was a move supported by the NHS. Fluoridation was suspended while works were carried out at the treatment plant and will now continue once upgrades have been completed.
Mrs Bagchi called for the council to consider the move and urged them to act “before poisoning the entire population of Bedford.”

21 Jul 2014

Bedford says NO to Fluoride July 2014

Published on 21 Jul 2014
Bedfordshire is due to have its water fluoridated again despite the fact that not a single study shows it reduces tooth decay. A Class 2 poison, fluoride is linked to bone cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, dental fluorosis, hypothyroidism, birth defects, lowered IQ, increased infant mortality, and many other health issues.

This short film shows local campaign group, Fluoride Free Bedford, at the July 19/20 2014 Bedford River Festival raising awareness and gathering signatures for a petition to stop the re-fluoridation of Bedfordshire's water supply later in the year.

19 Jul 2014

Fluoridated Birmingham - Parents 'fail' children as many lose all their teeth

Some youngsters are undergoing hospital operations to remove all 20 baby teeth, according to Dr Nigel Carter.

Dentists are forced to remove all the rotting milk teeth from some children in a 'massive parenting failure'
The West Midlands has seen a 300 per cent rise in children being admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions in what a senior dentist described as a “massive parenting failure”.
Some youngsters are undergoing hospital operations to remove all 20 baby teeth, according to Dr Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, who practises in the region.
In an interview with the Post, Dr Carter said it “beggared belief” that a parent would not notice their child had a “mouthful of teeth rotten down to the gums”.
Figures revealed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed that in the West Midlands in 2010-11 there were 456 children under the age of 10 admitted to hospital with tooth decay.
In 2013-14 a “shocking” 1,444 were admitted.
Experts blame the trend on a culture of parents rewarding children with sweets while failing to clean their teeth properly as infants.
Dr Carter said: “The rise is absolutely incredible and is indicative of a massive failure in parenting.
“Partly it’s down to background and people from lower socio-economic groups have higher levels of tooth decay.
“It has to be about parenting and looking after children.”
Dr Carter added: “In many cases the first time the child has ever seen a dentist is when they’re taken there in great pain.
“Basically if it gets as far as needing to go to hospital for general anaesthetic then you’re talking about multiple extractions.
“It’s not unusual for a child to have 12 to 14 teeth taken out and in some cases we’ve heard of all 20 baby teeth being removed.”
In 2010-11 120 under-fours were admitted to hospital for surgery in the West Midlands. This had rocketed to 353 last year.
So low down the list of priorities is cleaning teeth, that some families have a “family toothbrush”.
Dr Carter said: “When we’ve done ‘old for new’ style toothbrush exchange schemes at the practice, we’ve had people bring in new toothbrushes, clearly because they’re either too embarrassed to bring their old one, or there isn’t one at all.
“There are also cases were there are families which have one toothbrush between them.”
One theory for the rise in childhood tooth decay in the last three years is rising immigration of people from Eastern Europe, who are moving over with their families and receiving treatment on the NHS.
Dr Carter, who once practised in Birmingham, said the fluoridation of the city’s water supply in 1964 had meant that in general Birmingham’s dental health was far better than elsewhere.
He said: “When I worked in Birmingham, on the border with Sandwell, we used to know which side of the street a patient had come from, by the state of their teeth. It really makes a huge difference.”
Three years ago the total number of people under the age of 19 needing to go to hospital for surgery was 996. Last year it was 2,074.
In 2010-11 there were 6,000 hospital admissions for tooth decay in the West Midlands of all ages. In 2013-14 that had risen to 7,883.
The move away from three square meals a day can also be blamed for the growing problem, said Dr Carter.
Dr Carter said: “Children are now having seven to 10 ‘grazing’ meals, many of which are full of sugar.
“Studies have shown that if you put a spread of food in front of children they would choose to eat a balanced diets.
“But we have the problem where sweets are given as a reward and so they are identified as such by the children.”
According to the British Dental Health Foundation parents are failing children in three ways: not cleaning their teeth when young or supervising when older, not feeding them a healthy diet, and not checking their mouths.
Dr Carter added: “It just beggars belief that a parent wouldn’t have noticed their child’s teeth have rotted down to the gums. It is child neglect, basically.”
In Birmingham officials said the fluoridation largely meant that teeth were better than surrounding areas, although there had been a minor rise.
Birmingham’s director of public health, Dr Adrian Phillips, said: “In addition to fluoridation, parents have a big role to play and a regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. It’s also important to cut down on how often children have sugary food and drinks.”
Officials pointed out that in 2012/13 there were 20 times more hospital admissions recorded for non-fluoridated Manchester 5 to 9 year olds than for those in fluoridated Birmingham. Fluoridation costs the city £180,000 per year.

Immunization Hesitancy Linked to Topical Fluoride Refusal

Parents who refused to immunize their children also tended to turn down fluoride treatments for them, according to a study conducted by Dr. Donald Chi, adjunct associate professor of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that parents who refused immunization for children under their care were 60 percent more likely to refuse topical fluoride treatment, which helps prevent tooth decay. The study looked at records from three dental clinics in Washington state and used follow-up surveys to caregivers. A total of 361 surveys were completed.
"Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting more than 40 percent of them," said Dr. Chi, also an associate professor of oral health sciences in the School of Dentistry. "It can lead to toothaches, missed school and poor grades. It's a major public health problem."
The study found that topical fluoride refusal rates ranged from 4.9 percent to 14.6 percent, which Dr. Chi termed high. At a population level, that translates to several million children who are not receiving evidenced-based preventive dental care. Half of caregivers who refused topical treatment reported they were concerned about the safety of fluoride. Dr. Chi said the study results indicate new tools for health providers and community-based strategies are needed to educate the public and to target the growing numbers of parents who are hesitant about preventive care.
Not surprised, they don't want to poison their children.

18 Jul 2014

Publican Against Water Fluoridation

Canada - Is Water Fluoridation Legal?

Listed as “one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century”, the future of water fluoridation may well be decided in the courts! The question is, is water fluoridation even legal?
21143342_sOn June 26, 2014, lawyer Nader Hasan, representing the group Concerned Residents of Peel, presented a legal opinion to the Peel Region council informing them that they could be legally responsible for harming residents whose health is put at risk by water fluoridation.
“Not only is the region responsible and liable to the people of Peel, individual councilors are responsible and liable” said Hasan.
He also informed council that the Charter of Rights protecting Canadians against government-inflicted harm are being violated and warned that if fluoride is not removed, a costly legal battle may ensue.
As a dental professional, I have taken the time to research the science behind water fluoridation and I can find no evidence to support its continued use, and in fact, the most current studies suggest that the risks far outweigh the benefits of this highly toxic practice.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
I applaud this cautionary approach that is beginning to blossom within the scientific/health community but support the members of the public who do not wish to “wait” for more research to be conducted.
In his summary and opinion, Hasan stated:
“In short, if an Ontario resident can properly present the scientific and medical evidence to an Ontario court, there is a reasonable possibility that an Ontario court would declare the Fluoridation Act and municipal fluoridation programs in Ontario to be unconstitutional and thus invalid. Should that occur, then there is also a real possibility that the Region of Peel would be held legally liable to residents in a lawsuit for harm caused by artificial fluoridation”.
The Peel council, in response, voted to defer a move to reopen the issue until September when the region’s legal staff will present an opinion on Hasan’s arguments.
What is your opinion? Do you think that mass medication of the public is constitutional? I welcome your feedback. Please leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.
Until next time,

17 Jul 2014

16 Jul 2014

Public Health England's view of the fluoridation stalemate in Southampton

If PHE (on behalf of the Secretary of State) was minded to proceed with this proposed fluoridation scheme to cover parts of Southampton and South West Hampshire, it could do so on the basis of the power that the Secretary of State has, by virtue of s.87(1) of the Water Industry Act 1991 (“WIA”) and Article 7(1) of the
Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Commencement No.4, Transitional, Savings and Transitory Provisions) Order 2013, to enter into arrangements with Southern Water PLC to implement the fluoridation scheme.

PHE is mindful of the enduring public health case for this scheme, reinforced by the findings of its recent published report “Water fluoridation: Health monitoring report for England 2014”, and is giving full and careful consideration to next steps for this proposed scheme in discussion with the relevant local authorities.
Given that no decision as to whether or not to proceed has been made, PHE has not progressed the formal request to the water company to enter into arrangements.

One Response to Fluoride in The Body – What it does

It’s ironic that tobacco is loaded with fluoride. Why isn’t anyone ever told this? Fluoride is “the aging factor”. If anyone needs another fluoride ion, all they have to do is smoke a cigarette. Furthermore fluoride is absorbed sublingually every time you brush with a fluoridated toothpaste or use a fluoridated mouthwash. Studies prove this by showing an increase of fluoride in the urine two hours later. There is no need for anyone to be drinking it in their tap water. Water fluoridation should have ended immediately after they came out with fluoridated toothpaste and fluoridated mouthwash.
According to the Physician’s Desk Reference, the mucosal lining inside the mouth has an absorption efficiency of over ninety percent. Because of this, fluoride and other contaminants can get into your blood, your brain, and your cells in no time at all.
The most significant flaw in fluoride research is the failure to account for the inhalation, mucosal, and dermal exposure to fluoride compounds. It invalidates all dosage conclusion based solely on ingestion. How do they think sublingual Vitamin B-12 or nitroglycerin tablets work?

The tobacco bit was news to me.

Is Dementia Caused By Aluminium Through Fluoridation?

Changing how we see aging
by Mario Garrett, Ph.D.
The messy science of fluoridation and its impact on older adults
Published on July 15, 2014 by Mario D. Garrett, PhD iiAge
In gerontology there are many divisive issues. Surprisingly, fluoridation is one of them. When more than a quarter of older adults do not have their teeth—in some parts of the country like the fluoridated states of Kentucky and West Virginia four out of ten older adults do not have their own teeth—but when they are still made to drink water that has been fluoridated, there is a clear disregard for older adult health.
There are many reasons for fluoridation. However, scientific studies are inconclusive, of poor quality, and in all cases disregard older adults—especially those without teeth. In addition, there is the evangelical fervor from both sides of the argument—public health versus personal choice—which muddy an already complex scientific issue.

The link between fluoridation and ill health is not a direct one but involves the uptake of a known nerve toxic aluminum. Correlational studies linking aluminum with Alzheimer’s disease have been published since 1965. Half a century ago injecting aluminum in rat brains, three independent studies produced the tangle-like structures that characterize Alzheimer’s disease. Subsequently numerous international studies have found more Alzheimer’s disease in areas with high aluminum levels in In 2011, the Japanese researchers Masahiro Kawahara and Midori Kato-Negishi made a forceful argument between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease. After decades of attempts to discredit this link, the authors point to strong evidence that aluminum as a culprit in forming the amyloid plaques in the brain. This and other studies continue to support the clinical studies done in rats that identify aluminum as toxic for the brain. The only problem was that aluminum does not naturally enter the brain.
There is a barrier between the body and the brain that stops metals reaching the brain. In 2013 Akinrinade ID and his colleagues from Bingham University in Nigeria, showed that the relationship between fluoride and aluminum is important in escaping this barrier. Fluoride combines with aluminum to form aluminum fluoride, which is then absorbed by the body where it eventually combines with oxygen to form aluminum oxide or alumina. Alumina is the compound of aluminum that is found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease.
Fluorine attaches to aluminum and influences its absorption. Li Fucheng and his colleagues from Beijing, China, described high incidences of osteoporosis, osteomalacia, spontaneous bone fractures and dementia in villages in Guizhou Province, China where they were eating maize which had been baked in fires of coal mixed with kaoline. Kaoline contains aluminum and fluorides. These diseases are very similar to those occurring in European dialysis patients, unwittingly treated with water and gels containing aluminum.
The implications of this fluoride-aluminum relationship to Alzheimer’s disease are not linear. The solubility of aluminum and probably the ease with which it is absorbed varies markedly with the high acidity and alkalinity of water. In general, however, aluminum is most soluble in acidic water, especially if it contains fluorides
The public health argument for fluoridation has never been made for older adults. Such institutional ageism is bad science and much worse this is bad public health.

15 Jul 2014

Dublin City Council to debate motion on ending public water fluoridation

Cork County Council has already passed a motion calling on the Government to legislate for change.
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL are expected to debate a motion at tonight’s meeting calling for the immediate cessation of public water fluoridation.
The motion is put forward by Sinn Féin’s Chris Andrews who said he believed there would be strong support.
Speaking to TheJournal.ie,Andrews said that when he was running for election it was one of the issues that was being raised by residents on the doorsteps.
“I think there is a real mood out there for this issue now to be taken seriously, which it hasn’t been up till now,” he said.
He said that he could not understand “why we need to be so enthusiastic about it” stating that there are many other countries who do not put fluoride in the public water supply.
“Why should it be imposed on us,” he asked.
The motion follows six town councils and two county councils who have already passed motions calling for the immediate cessation of public water fluoridation in Ireland this year.
These include the abolished town councils of Bantry, Macroom, Kinsale, Cobh, Balbriggan and Wicklow and the county councils of Laois and Cork.
“The rebel county has already passed this motion, they are really leading the way on this and we should follow suit,” said Andrews.

14 Jul 2014

Tooth Decay: Genetics Plays a Role

Added by Margaret Lutze on July 13, 2014.
The genetics of tooth decay is being revealed by scientists who are analyzing genes and dental health. Dr. Mary L Marazita, who is the director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, is a leader in the field. She said the risk for tooth decay is about 60 percent due to genetic factors. The take-home message from this is that if someone from a family with bad teeth must be even more vigilant in dental hygiene than those in a family without bad teeth. Also, it might be wise to purchase dental insurance................

13 Jul 2014

The Great Culling Our Water Official Full Movie pt 2

Fluoridation and Dementia

Is fluoride in our water promoting dementia?

Since 1962, on the recommendation of the United States Public Health Service, fluoride has been used in the public drinking water supplied to about 2 out of 3 Americans. The decision to add fluoride to drinking water is made locally. The types of fluoride include fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride....
Christa Danielson and her colleagues compared the incidence of hip fractures in patients 65 years of age or older in three communities where two were without water fluoridated to 1 ppm. Surprisingly, they found a small but significant increase in the risk of hip fracture in both men and women exposed to fluoridation. Other studies have found similar results. Suggesting that low levels of fluoride may increase the risk of hip fracture in the elderly and there seems to be a dose relationship with the higher the concentration of fluoride, the higher the risk of hip fractures. It seems that fluoride may increase bone quantity—osteofluorosis, osteosclerosis—but it might also decrease bone quality and bone strength.
Just as troubling for older adults, is the evidence that Patočka Strunecká and her colleagues from  Charles University in the Czech Republic exposed. They found that long-term action of aluminofluoride complexes may represent a serious and powerful risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In another study, rats fed for one year with 1-5 ppm fluoride in their water — the same level used in fluoridation programs—using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride, resulted in the formation of beta-amyloid deposits—associated with Alzheimer’s disease